SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The San Diego Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit participated in the annual Pass in Review and Awards Ceremony at the University of San Diego, April 15.
More than 200 NROTC Midshipman, officer candidates and Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) cadets marched the Valley Field on campus for friends, family, NROTC leadership and invited guests.
Twenty different awards were presented to officer candidates and Marine cadets for various achievements ranging from leadership and performance, to grades and overall military bearing. The guest of honor for the ceremony was Rear Adm. Thomas A. Cropper, commander, Strike Force Training Pacific.
Navy officer candidate David Bradley was one of two individuals who received a sword from the San Diego Council of the Navy League, for being named as outstanding Marine and Naval officer candidate.
"This is an awesome achievement to be presented with a Naval officer's sword," said Bradley. "That is something I never thought I would be able to accomplish, but here I am holding it, and it feels really good."
During the ceremony, Navy officer candidate Maria-Josefa Veloria was awarded the Lt. j.g. Laura Mankey Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Mankey, who died in a training accident off the California coast Jan. 26, 2007.
"It's a privilege to actually be able to carry on her legacy and set an example for others," said Veloria.
Capt. William R. Ault, NROTC San Diego commanding officer, said the pass in review is a big part of the year's events leading up to graduation and the officer commissioning ceremony in late May.
NROTC San Diego consists of students from five schools: the University of San Diego; San Diego State University; California State University, San Marcos; Point Loma Nazarene University; and University of California, San Diego.
The NROTC program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically, and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty. The program also aims to develop Midshipmen with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers.
Participants also possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in navel science, and have a potential for future development in mind and character, so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.